A New Zealand businesswoman was in China when the discussion with one of her hosts turned to the Canterbury earthquake.
He said it was impossible that no-one could be killed after a quake of that magnitude. The government must have very tight control on the media and the people to keep the death toll hidden.
Then she said that no, no-one had died which was due in part to an element of luck but also to our building codes. She added that had anyone died there would have been no attempt to cover it up, the media here is free and the government not only doesn’t, it couldn’t control it.